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An Introduction to the Multisystem Model of Knowledge Integration and Translation

Palmer, Debra MS, RN; Kramlich, Debra MSN, RN, CCRN

doi: 10.1097/ANS.0b013e318209439f

Many nurse researchers have designed strategies to assist health care practitioners to move evidence into practice. While many have been identified as “models,” most do not have a conceptual framework. They are unidirectional, complex, and difficult for novice research users to understand. These models have focused on empirical knowledge and ignored the importance of practitioners' tacit knowledge. The Communities of Practice conceptual framework allows for the integration of tacit and explicit knowledge into practice. This article describes the development of a new translation model, the Multisystem Model of Knowledge Integration and Translation, supported by the Communities of Practice conceptual framework.

Author Affiliations: Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick (Ms Palmer), and School of Nursing, St. Josephs College, Standish (Ms Kramlich), Maine.

Correspondence: Debra Palmer, MS, RN, Mid Coast Hospital, 123 Medical Center Dr, Brunswick, ME 04011 (

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.